Figure 9.1 also shows an extremely strong relationship between agreement that the United States is working to oppose communism and agreement that the United States is promoting democracy. Both in general (tau = .41, p 〈.00005) and with respect to Nicaragua (tau = .40, p 〈.00005), perceptions of U.S. goals as opposing communism and promoting democracy went together. This finding indicates that the beliefs that the United States promotes democracy and opposes communism are not independent. The cold war schema has bound these two beliefs together in a common belief system. The findings of this study are further evidence of the schema's presence in American minds and of its impact on American perceptions of international affairs.